Reaction times in traffic: an innovative test method using HBM technology
In traffic, it often comes down to a matter of milliseconds. How do we react at the wheel in dangerous situations? How quick are we to hit the brakes? Situations that are very difficult to recreate in the laboratory. With the aid of HBM measurement technology, Swiss engineer Mauro Balestra has developed a way of recreating dangerous situations in a test vehicle, under real traffic conditions.
Automotive traffic is increasing all over the world, and with it the complexity of the situations that we, as motorists, have to deal with, day in day out. Automotive manufacturers throughout the world are working to further improve vehicle ergonomics and engineering, so that all of us on the road can enjoy the highest level of safety.
But data about drivers’ responses and reaction times obtained under laboratory conditions, in simulators, are not always meaningful, because too many factors are ignored and too little consideration is given to the “human factor”. This is also the conviction of engineer Mauro Balestra, who lives in Tessin, in Switzerland. The reaction of the vehicle driver that is artificially simulated and recorded in the research laboratory, is not the same as actual reactions in a real car and on a real road.